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The Go Masters (1982)

Mikan no taikyoku (original title)
Ten years before the outbreak of the Second World War in Asia, a Japanese Go master and his Chinese rival meet in China to play a game of Go (loosely described as an Asian version of chess)... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Rinsaku Matsunami
Misako Konno Misako Konno ... Tomoe
Nobuko Otowa
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki
Yoshiko Mita Yoshiko Mita
Tsukasa Itô Tsukasa Itô
Jun'ichi Ishida Jun'ichi Ishida ... (as Junichi Ishida)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peng Du Peng Du ... Guan Xiaochuan
Zongying Huang Zongying Huang ... Kuang Yuanzhi
Danping Shen ... Xiong Ahui
Guanchu Shen Guanchu Shen ... Kuang Aming
Daolin Sun Daolin Sun ... Kuang Yishan
Shaokang Yu Shaokang Yu ... Dr. Zhang
Lei Zhang Lei Zhang ... Xiao Ahui


Ten years before the outbreak of the Second World War in Asia, a Japanese Go master and his Chinese rival meet in China to play a game of Go (loosely described as an Asian version of chess). It soon becomes evident that the Chinese master's son is the most talented player that the Japanese master has ever encountered, and he convinces the boy's father to let him bring the child back to Japan to train him as a professional Go player. Years pass, and as the young Chinese master grows to maturity in Japan, the Japanese invasion of China forces him to choose between his triumphant career and his loyalty to his native country. His decision is complicated by his marriage to the daughter of the Japanese master, with whom he has produced a child. His choice will profoundly alter the lives of two families. Their saga serves as a reflection of the tragic relations between their two great countries, and the possibility of reconciliation and healing. Written by Simon Levy <levy@cs.brandeis.edu>

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Japan | China


Japanese | Mandarin

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20 April 1984 (USA) See more »

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the many facets of friendship and love across the years and miles
24 February 2006 | by capercaillieSee all my reviews

I have been searching for this film for years. My husband and I saw it 20 years ago at the Seattle Film Festival. We both agreed that it was the best film we had ever seen. We still talk about it and I would love to locate a copy to buy for him.

The film tells the story of the effect of war on two families. There are several scenes which are heart-breakingly beautiful, as they depict the depths of forgiveness and hope which the human spirit can reach. The cinematography is reminiscent of a David Lean film; in fact, we went to see this film because a reviewer called it "an Oriental Doctor Zhivago".

If you get a chance to see it, go for it.

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